Joanne C. Hillhouse

Author's Bio

Antiguan and Barbudan author Joanne C. Hillhouse is the author of Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure, Musical Youth - which placed 2nd for the 2014 Burt Award for Young Adult Caribbean Fiction and is, as of 2018, on schools readings lists in Antigua and Barbuda and Trinidad, Oh Gad! - a 2014 Weekend Reads pick on NPR, The Boy from Willow Bend - which is on the schools' reading list in Antigua and Barbuda and Anguilla, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight - a 10th anniversary edition of which was released in 2014, and With Grace (a Caribbean Fairytale). She has also been published in numerous journals and anthologies including New Daughters of Africa sequel to the seminal global publication Daughters of Africa, critically acclaimed Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean and award winning Letter for My Mother - both released in 2014. Her characters have been described as "believable and complex" and their stories "compelling". Her writing is said to be "descriptive and poignant", and "powerful and honest" For more visit Also check out her literary blog, home of the Wadadli Pen writing programme for young people she started in Antigua and Barbuda in 2004.

Publications and Prizes

Dancing Nude in the Moonlight
(Macmillan, 2004)
, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight 10th Anniversary Edition and Other Writings
(Insomniac Press, 2014)
, Fish Outta Water
(Pearson Education, 2013)
, Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure
(CaribbeanReads, 2017)
, Musical Youth
(CaribbeanReads, 2014)
, Oh Gad!
(Simon & Schuster, 2012)
, The Boy from Willow Bend
(Macmillan, 2003)
, The Boy from Willow Bend
(Hansib, 2009)
, With Grace
(Editorial Campana, 2016)
A Letter for My Mother
(Simon & Schuster, 2014)
, For Women: In Tribute to Nina Simone
(Black Classic Press, 2012)
, In the Black: New African Canadian Literature
(Insomniac Press, 2012)
, Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean
(Akashic Books, 2016)
, Round My Christmas Tree
(CaribbeanReads, 2014)
Adda, Artemis, BIM: Arts for the 21st Century, Calabash, Ma Comère, Moko, Munyori Literary Journal, Mythium: The Journal of Contemporary Literature
, PEN America, Poui, Sea Breeze: A Journal of Contemporary Liberian Writing, St. Somewhere Journal , sx salon, The Caribbean Writer, The Caribbean Writer , Columbia Review, The Machinery, Missing Slate, Tongues of the Ocean, Women Writers
Prizes Won: 
Winner of TCW Flash Fiction prize (2015), Honourable Mention - Desi Writers Lounge Short Story Competition (2014), Leonard Tim Hector Memorial Award (2014), Burt Award 2nd Place (2014), Short listed for the Small Axe Fiction prize (2012, 2013),David Hough Literary Prize from the Caribbean Writer (USVI)(2011), International Fellowship to the Breadloaf Writers Conference at Middlebury College (USA)(2008),UNESCO Honour Award (Antigua)(2004)and more including spots in the Callaloo Writers Workshop at Brown University (2012)and the Caribbean Fiction Writers Summer Institute at University of Miami (1995)

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
The Black Rose by Tananarive Due
Possessing the Secret of Joy by Alice Walker
Inner City Girl by Colleen Smith-Dennis
Evolution by Felene M. Cayetano
Storm Limited Series by Eric Jerome Dickey, David Yardim, Jay Leisten, Matt Milla

More Information

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Fiction Writer, Poet
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"My daddy is Prime Minister. I was born in the back room of a whorehouse on Popeshead Street. I lived there with my mother." - from The Other Daughter in Adda
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Last updated: Jan 01, 2019